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Bedtime safety

When you’re asleep, it takes longer to sense a fire and escape safely. We've got some great bedtime safety tips to keep you safe at night.
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It's really important to check your home for fire hazards before you go to bed:

  • close inside doors at night to stop a fire from spreading
  • check the cooker’s off, and don’t leave the washing machine, tumble dryer or dishwasher on
  • turn off and unplug electrical appliances (unless they’re meant to be left on, like a freezer)
  • don’t leave mobile phones, electric cigarettes or gadgets charging overnight
  • keep a phone close to your bed, in case you need to call 999, but make sure there are no trailing wires
  • put candles and cigarettes out properly
  • turn heaters off and put up fireguards
  • make sure exits are kept clear
  • tell everyone in your home the escape plan and where the keys are kept.
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